|LOCATION OF INJURY||Mystic River in Medford, MA|
|DATE OF INJURY||1996|
|DATE AND AMOUNT OF SETTLEMENT||1999 at $26,801.976|
|NRD SETTLEMENT FUNDS AVAILABLE||$10,800|
|RESPONSIBLE PARTY||Lawrence Memorial Hospital/Hallmark Health System|
|NATURAL RESOURCE TRUSTEES||MA Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA)|
|RELEASE OF HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCES||Spill of #6 fuel oil into the Mystic River|
|INJURED RESOURCES||Surface water and recreational uses|
|RESTORATION STATUS||Restoration planning is ongoing|
|ADDITIONAL RESOURCES||U.S. EPA Mystic River Initiative|
Mystic River NRD Case Settlement
In 1999, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts reached a settlement agreement with Hallmark Health System for a total of $26,801.97.
Natural Resource Trustees
The Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) is the sole natural resource Trustee for the Mystic River Oil Spill.
In the spring of 1996, a leaking underground fuel tank system released # 6 fuel oil into a local storm drain, discharging oil into the Mystic River over the course of several months.
Injured Natural Resources
- Surface waters (Mystic River)
- Recreational uses (boating)
Restoration planning is ongoing. EEA is an active participant in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Mystic River Initiative. In 2007, EPA's New England regional office launched a collaborative effort with the communities along the Mystic River, together with local environmental organizations, to address water quality issues in the Mystic Watershed.
The Public's Role
Ongoing consultation with municipalities, non-profit organizations, community groups and others participating in the EPA Mystic River Initiative will help EEA identify potential restoration projects. A Draft Restoration Plan will be made available for public comment.
Mystic River NRD Trustee Contacts
MA Department of Environmental Protection